Registration open for differential equations mathematics challenge


Are you a high school mathematics teacher? Do you have students who like to explore mathematics and science independently? Do they like the challenge of modeling mathematically a realistic physical science/engineering, life sciences/chemistry or social sciences scenario?

 If so, consider assembling one or more teams of three students and a math coach for the SIMIODE Challenge Using Differential Equations Modeling (SCUDEM). From Oct. 19 to 27, teams of students will select one of three problems and develop a model for presentation on Challenge Saturday, scheduled for Oct. 27 at a host site. This fall, Morehead State University and Asbury College will be host sites.

While some familiarity with differential equations or derivatives would be helpful, it may not be necessary for students who can investigate mathematics independently. Students will:

  • receive immediate feedback on their own models;
  • meet with other high school and undergraduate college students who have developed a model;
  • hear other student presentations;
  • participate in a MathBowl; and
  • grow in their personal understanding and practice of the modeling process.

For faculty, there will be a rich faculty development program to encourage and support the use of modeling in teaching mathematics. There will be activities and many examples, as well as a chance to meet with other like-minded faculty.

The registration fee for SCUDEM is $100 per team. Visit the SCUDEM website for more information and to see videos from previous SCUDEM events.

For questions, contact Brian Winkel, the founder and director of SIMIODE, at or Mike Dobranski at, a faculty member at Morehead State University (MSU) who participated in SCUDEM II and who will be hosting SCUDEM III at MSU.